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Ferguson pre-Shrewsbury

19 October 2015

Gaffer eager to get going as Rovers hit the road.

Darren Ferguson said that he could not wait to get back going after his break away from the game.

The 43 year old will return to the dugout on Tuesday evening when he takes his new Doncaster side to Shrewsbury.

Rovers are aiming for their first win on the road this season and, should it occur, they would draw level with Micky Mellon’s Shrews in the League One table.

“Of course you miss it. Even on Saturday I got the butterflies and all the rest of it!” enthused Ferguson.

“If I didn’t miss it then I may as well still be on my break. I’m hoping that’s my last break for a long time.

“It’s just about winning games and how you do it. That’s the main focus and concentration.

“That brings its own belief and confidence for everyone – for the players and for the fans – so we need to concentrate on that. Let’s get some points and get up the table and hopefully from that, gather momentum.”

Ferguson was under no illusions as to the enormity of the task and said that Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Bradford “typified the season to date”, as Rovers were a goal down seconds after the new manager had taken his seat in the stands.

“I’d just sat down and we were 1-0 down so that was a good start!” Ferguson joked.

“The atmosphere was really good in the ground and the players were prepared and ready but then 40 seconds later, the atmosphere completely changed.

“When you’re at home in that scenario it gives the opposition something to hang on to. There are bits that we’ve looked back at that are good and then other areas which we need to improve on.

“It was sort of a new beginning and there was a positive attitude around the place but it deflated after a minute.

“It was a terrible way to start the game but we can dictate that (the atmosphere) here if we go and get a couple of good results. We’ve got to try and get that positive vibe back at the place because it’s clear that it’s not here at the moment but that’s up to me and the players to do that.”

The Scot was coy over the first starting XI of his tenure, but said that he could “pick any team”.

“The position we’re in, I could pick any eleven players and I don’t think anyone could knock the door down. There were some good individual performances – Richie on and off the ball was very good – but it is like a blank canvas,” he said.

“My focus is on us. We absolutely respect the opposition but our focus is on us and how we are on and off the ball.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night; I’m like a kid at the moment, so it’s good.”

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